Summer is in full gear and that means an explosion of educational outdoor adventures in and around Tillamook are headed your way from the Explore Nature Series.
These August events are tailored to encourage folks to get outside and learn more about the natural area around them. The different organizations that help put on the adventures are working together to preserve and conserve these natural landscapes and waterways.
Each upcoming event is free, however registration is required at explorenaturetillamookcoast.com.
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 — 3: Oceanside Tidepool Discovery Days — The lowest minus tide of the summer is happening the first weekend in August, and Oregon State Parks, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS staff and volunteers will be onsite in the tide pools helping visitors understand what is living along the coastal edge, how they survive and how to observe tide pools respectfully. This is the last Tidepool Discovery Days of the summer.
Saturday, Aug. 3: The Art of Growing Oysters — Come learn about the oyster production process, the state-of-the-art scientific research going on at the hatchery, the issues faced by the shellfish and the shellfish industries along the Pacific Northwest. This event includes a visit the Whiskey Creek Oyster Hatchery to view baby oysters and learn how large-scale production begins then continues with a visit to the mud flats at low tide to tour a working oyster bed with the JAndy Oyster Company.
Sunday, Aug. 4: The Geology of Netarts Bay — Join the Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS on an amazing and free Geologic tour around Netarts Bay. Witness landslide areas, fossil deposits on Cape Meares, Happy Camp, bay overlooks and tsunami layers from the “Big One” in 1700. The walk will be led by Tom Horning, a Seaside native, and Registered Geologist. Horning has been a featured speaker at the Listening to the Land series hosted by the North Coast Land Conservancy and a central figure in the new book The Next Tsunami: Living On A Restless Coast by Bonnie Henderson.
Wednesday, Aug. 7: Hike Netarts — Cape Meares — Lush, old-growth forest, giant octopus trees, historic lighthouses and outstanding vistas are all part of this hiking adventure. This family friendly journey is an easy to moderate trek along Cape Meares headland.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Alder Creek Farm Tour — Embark on a walking tour with the Lower Nehalem Community Trust to visit the various aspects of the Farm, including the wildlife refuge and natural area where birds, elk, deer, butterflies and other insects and even beavers find haven. We will explore the one-acre Community Garden, where food is grown for the local food bank, and see the work being done to develop a Teaching Trail and tour the uplands and Sorrel Woods area where mighty hawks soar and search for prey, and the grassy meadow and pond where the elk roam and majestic Blue Herons hunt. Join in on a discussion about the Farm’s unusual ecosystem and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s restoration progress, goals and objectives.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Discover Hoqourton Slough — The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and Tillamook County HIstorical Society are co- hosting a walking tour of Hoquarton Slough that will highlight the unique ecology, cultural history, and significance of this iconic waterway in Downtown Tillamook. This event is part of TEP’s 25th anniversary celebration titled ‘Discover the Bounty of the Bays.’ Be sure to also stop by the Tillamook County Pioneer museum from Aug. 3 — Sept. 28 to view the full exhibit & art show.
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Hike Netarts Cape Lookout — Discover lush, old-growth forest, distant waterfalls, and outstanding vistas during this guided hike of one of the most diverse and beautiful spots along our coastline. The journey is a moderate 5 mile round trip trek to the Cape Lookout headland, which extends more than a mile out into the ocean. Towering over 800 feet above sea level, the headland is a great whale watching area, provides great views of the Sandlake watershed, and confirms the amazing beauty of Tillamook County.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Hike Netarts — Join Oregon State Parks Rangers, the Friends of Netarts Bay and Joe Liebezeit, Staff Scientist and Avian Conservation Program Manager with Portland Audubon, for a 3-mile guided walk at Cape Lookout State Park. Home to a variety of wildlife, join us as we explore the dynamic and ever changing Netarts Spit. Search for shorebirds and learn about the challenges facing Oregon’s snowy plover population.
For more information, or find more events near you, follow the Explore Nature Series on Facebook or visit their online calendar at explorenaturetillamookcoast.com.